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On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.  It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini.  In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails.  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater.  Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion.  His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit.

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
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4.4 / 5
Excellent story of never giving up
March 24th, 2015
I really felt what Louie was feeling during all the trials he went through. The loss, triumph, and utter loathing for his captures. Laura Hillenbrand weaves an amazing story and brings it all together brilliantly.
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Very Moving
March 12th, 2015
This is the truth of a Prisoner of War in Japan. His story will give you some insight into what War can do to a person and how this man overcame it and moved on
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Zamparini
March 5th, 2015
Gripping. I found the events, the inhumanity, the brutality shocking. The real facts are horrible. Seeing godless brutality at this level is shocking. But redemption is always possible.
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Great read
March 1st, 2015
Riveting story. An incredible story of overcoming adversity and forgiveness. A highly recommended read.
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Unbroken
February 21st, 2015
Holy cow what a book! What a life! Absolutely amazing and inspiring. A must read for all of us who enjoy breathing free air.
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Unbroken
February 8th, 2015
Facinating, troubling and heartbreaking. Unbroken teaches us that maybe man, can someday live in peace. I would not go to see the movie.5
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Highly recommend
February 7th, 2015
I could not put this book down. One of the best books I have ever read. The story was a real eye opener for me.
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Unbroken
January 31st, 2015
This book flowed well and was interesting the whole way through. Learned a lot of things I didn't know. The book is an eye opener. I can't wait to see the movie!
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Well written, hard to put down.
January 22nd, 2015
The story sweeps you in highs and lows just like the ocean that the characters had to endure. Sharing the lives of both the main persons but also of the ones dear to them was extremely well done.
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UNBROKEN A WORLDWAR II STORY OF....
January 18th, 2015
LOUIE LIVED THE SINFULNESS OF MAN. HE SAW THE SALVATION GOD OFFERED AND WHEN HE ACCEPTED THIS HE RECEIVED THE ABILITY TO FORGIVE JUST AS JESUS DID WHEN HE WAS CRUCIFIED . WHAT A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW A PERSONEL REATIONSHIP WITH GOD CAN MOVE A MAN FROM A DESIRE TO MURDER TO A DESIRE TO FORGIVE
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Unbroken. A WWII Story
January 13th, 2015
Very moving and remarkable that anyone can survive this much trauma. Excellent research and compostion
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Fantastic read!
January 3rd, 2015
Opens your eyes to the realities of war and the heroics that were taken for granted. How people survived is beyond belief.
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Unbroken
January 2nd, 2015
Wow! I cannot believe how much POW's indured during the war. Their strength, both physical and mental is truly inspirational. As the daughter of a WWII veteran I am always amazed at how my father survived the atrocities he faced at the hands of the nazis. It is important to have these stories told, Lest We Forget...
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Unbroken
December 10th, 2014
Well told and put together. The story paints a oil ture of a rebellious boy challenging himself and his peers. A young many how found his calling in both running and as a bombardier. A man who returned from war damaged but not totally lost. The route to find himself took him to the bottom of a pit so deep it almost destroyed him. He rediscovered himself in faith and and rebuilt himself with the love of his wife Cynthia. Once I started I read it (over two days) I found it hard to put down. Ww
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An intriguing read.
September 29th, 2014
An intriguing read about an incredible life journey.
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Awesome
September 3rd, 2014
Great read for anyone interested in what some of our young men hsd to endure during WWll
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Excellent
August 28th, 2014
This was one of those"I can't put it down book". Excellent read!!
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Wonderful
August 2nd, 2014
I don't know if it's the subject or the writing or a combination but Laura Hillenbrand knocks another one out of the park with Unbroken. If you have any interest in WWII, history or the human struggle you will thoroughly enjoy this book. The story is both gut wrenching and uplifting at the same time. Best I've read in years.
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Remarkable book!
June 3rd, 2014
Excellent book! We should be using this book to educate our children of war. I learned from this book, but most importantly, I was deeply moved. I cannot express my gratitude to the men and women who fought to maintain my freedom in this world. I will forever remember those that endured the atrocities of war, so that my life is what it is today. Thank you, you are not forgotten.
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Won't disappoint
April 16th, 2014
Had high expectaions for this book. And it met them. Amazing story.
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